Quinoa can be part of all sorts of diets. You can eat quinoa when you are on a low carb diet too.
But what is a low carb diet?
According to Wikipedia low-carbohydrate diets or low-carb diets are dietary programs that restrict carbohydrate consumption usually for weight control or for the treatment of obesity. Foods high in digestible carbohydrates (e.g. bread, pasta) are limited or replaced with foods containing a higher percentage of proteins and fats (e.g., meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs, cheese, nuts, seeds, peanuts, and soy products) and other foods low in carbohydrates (e.g., most salad vegetables) although othervegetables and fruits (especially berries) are often allowed. The amount of carbohydrate allowed varies with different low-carbohydrate diets.
The following cooked grains are acceptable when you are ie. on a South Beach Diet:
- Amaranth – ½ cup for all grains
- Barley, pearled
- Buckwheat (kasha)
- Oats, whole kernel
- Rice, brown
- Rice, wild
- Rye, whole kernel
- Wheat, whole kernel
Quinoa is there too. I love the Dr. OZ Show and on his site I found this great low carb quinoa recipe:
Berry Creamy Quinoa Parfait
1/3 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 cup fat-free plain yogurt
1/2 tsp honey
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup fresh or frozen and thawed blueberries
1/4 cup frozen pure unsweetened acai berry puree, thawed
Mix quinoa, yogurt, honey, vanilla extract and cinnamon in small bowl. In another small bowl, fold blueberries gently into acai pulp, stirring to coat. Spoon 1/3 of the quinoa mixture into a tall glass, then 1/3 of the blueberry mixture on top. Repeat layers twice, ending with acai-blueberry mixture.
Makes 1 serving
Protein 20%, carbohydrate 68%, fat 10%